La storia e il presente

La storia e il presente

A sessant'anni dal maggio 1952

Per aver ricordato l’europeismo di De Gasperi in contrapposizione agli entusiasmi mediterranei di Fanfani sono stato accusato, in un recente ed importante incontro italo-russo, di conoscere troppo a fondo la storia del mio paese. E anche se non mi pare un’accusa veramente infamante, ho dovuto ammettere che – di fronte all’ignoranza beota in cui la […]

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

We Are All in this Together or Are We?

The new transatlantic row over the rendition of terrorist suspects offers profound cause for public reflection even if, as appears, some European governments would prefer to gloss 2006 over its greyer areas. Immediately before the departure of Condoleeza Rice on her European visit in December the US administration declared the US line would be “we […]

The fire next time Play

The fire next time

Is war respectable again?

A legendary film, without any exaggeration. Winning 2 Oscars and proving that Francis Ford Coppola was the biggest director of the last 40 years. During the on-going Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade Green Beret who has set himself up as a God among a […]

Good Morning Vietnam Play

Good Morning Vietnam

1987, An American Comedy War Film. Set in Saigon during the Vietnam War, Adrian Cronauer, a DJ on Armed Forces Radio Service, proves hugely popular with the troops serving in South Vietnam, but infuriates his superiors. Directed by Barry Levinson, featuring, Robin Williams, Forest Whitaker, Bruno Kirby, J.T. Walsh.

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A Farewell to Italy: Demography and Immigration


A Farewell to Italy:
Demography and Immigration

“Es wurden Arbeitskräfte gerufen, aber es kamen Menschen.”
Max Frisch
(‘A workforce was called in, but instead it was people who came.’)

                    There was, in the 1960s, much talk of ‘revolution’, in Italy no less than in France, Germany and the US. All in all, seen with the benefit of hindsight, most of it can be considered more a case of collective infantilism that an explosion of […]